General Objectives: To introduce students of theology to the foundations, concepts, principles and values of Catholic social doctrine. To equip them to critically evaluate events in contemporary society. To use the rich resources of the Church’s social doctrine in their ministry in the world.
Course Outlines: God’s plan of love for humanity. The Church’s mission and social doctrine. History of the social doctrine of the Church. Foundational principles and values of the Church’s social doctrine. Social reality: The family, work, economic life, political community, international community, safeguarding the environment. promotion of peace. social doctrine and pastoral activity.
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Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to identify and explain the intrinsic link between God’s liberating intervention and the social mission of the Church; to recall and outline the history of the development of the social doctrine of the Church; to explain in depth the principles of: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity; to describe the essential values of: truth, freedom, justice and love; to critically evaluate the contemporary events (social, economic, political, and ecological) in the light of the foundational principles and values of the Church’s social doctrine; to identify ways to apply and teach the social doctrine of the Church in their pastoral ministry.